by Gordon Noice
Repent – Greek: μετανοέω (met-an-o-eh'-o) Definition: to change one's mind or purpose.
Greek root of metanoeó: meta (movement or change); noeo (refers to the mind and its thoughts).
Forgiveness is a form of repentance.
Jonah’s prayer is significant because he finally surrenders. Jonah was a hard-hearted and rebellious man who finally bowed his will before God. In Matthew 21:28-32, Yeshua tells a similar story. A father had two sons and he told each of them to go work in his vineyard. The first son said, “I will not”. But then he regretted his decision and went out into the field to work. The second son said he would go but then did not. Jesus asks which of the two did the will of his father. The answer, of course, is the first son who initially refused and then repents.
Jonah is ready to cooperate with God as he states in Jonah 2:9; “But I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.”
God did not reject Jonah because of disobedience; in fact, God patiently kept pursuing him and protecting him until Jonah repented.
Psalm 51 is marked by characteristics of true repentance by David:
“For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)
Daniel’s prayer (Daniel 9) was birthed from heartache and desperation. Daniel stood on God’s promise in Jeremiah 29:10 and prayed it back to the LORD. The prayer begins with confession and segues into praise and repentance. The prayer closes with Daniel’s petition to God, asking Him to fulfill His promise.
SUMMARY STATEMENT: Repentance helps clears the lane for your prayers to be effective.